Apr 19, 2016 11:25 AM by News Staff
A Red Bluff murder case that has taken years to bring to trial is finally ready to get underway.
Justice is a long time coming for Marysa Nichols and her family and the man who is accused of strangling her, Quentin Bealer, is finally getting his day in court.
February 13, 2013, 14-year-old Nichols didn't come home from school.
She was reported missing two days later, then her body was found in a field behind her school.
According to the Tehama County Coroner, she had been strangled to death.
Red Bluff Police circulated a video that shows Marysa in the minutes before she was killed walking into the field and a man, later identified as Bealer, following that same path moments later.
Bealer turned himself in, and was arrested and charged in her murder.
He admits to being the man seen in the video, but maintains his innocence.
For Marysa's father, time hasn't made her death any easier.
“I’m going to be in that courtroom every day, I want him to see my eyes and for him to know that I loved my daughter,” he said.
Bealer's defense attorney Shon Northam said his client is ready to stand trial.
"I would prefer to have more time to investigate some information that just came up recently but we're underway,” Northam said.
Jury selection is expected to start Wednesday and is expected to take up to three days.
Opening statements could begin as early as April 26.